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A family drama loosely adapted from Alcanzar una estrella (To Reach a Star), the series follows high school student Loren Tate, a shy high school senior who dreams of being a famous singer-songwriter and Eddie Duran, a celebrity rock star. When Eddie is pressured by his manager and label to make some new songs, he decides to use it as an opportunity to launch a songwriting contest in which he can select a fan to collaborate with on a new song. The shy Loren is reluctant to send in one of her songs, thinking they and her singing ability isn’t good enough, but with the help of her sassy best friend Melissa and cool single mom, she ends up submitting her song and winning the contest. As Loren and Eddie grow closer, they both begin to discover new things about themselves and slowly become closer.

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The show, in the spirit of a traditional soap opera, also focuses on a number of characters including Loren’s friend Melissa; Adriana, a high school bully who antagonizes Loren; Phil, Melissa’s older brother who is mixed up with some criminal activities; Max, Eddie’s father, who is suspicious of Eddie’s fiance Chloe, a model who is secretly having affair with Tyler, a struggling actor who has a personal vendetta against Eddie.

The first 40 episodes aired on Nickat Nite before transitioning to TeenNick for the remainder of the series.

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Hollywood Heights contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear
  • Babies Ever After: As she is still pregnant at the end of the series, this implied to be what happens to Adriana and Phil.
  • Betty and Veronica: Loren and Chloe. Interestingly as soon as Chloe is revealed to have been a cheater, this trope is all but abandoned since Eddie firmly states he is in love with Loren.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Big Damn Heroes
    • Ben who arrives just in time to give Loren, Adam, and Melissa a ride to MK Club when the latter’s car dies.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Their Special Place: The episode ends with Eddie and Loren sharing their first kiss after he drives her home.
  • Big Damn Reunion
    • Loren and Eddie’s reunion in the final episode.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • Another Incriminating Photo: Melissa's birthday.
    • The Double Date: Eddie’s birthday
  • Blackmail: Don is put into this position several times due to his relationships with the female employees of his clinic.
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  • Black Market: Colorado, Phil’s boss, runs an illegal business that sells stolen goods, varying from electronics to medication.
  • Blog: Melissa’s Blog
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: Eddie and Loren do it through this. Chloe lies about her mom being dead, and Max believes Chloe did to create a fake connection with Eddie.
  • Break Up Demand:
    • [[Spoiler: Chloe only agrees to tell the police Eddie he didn’t push her off the ledge if he broke up with Loren. He predictably refused.]]
  • Celeb Crush
    • It is clear that Loren has a crush on Eddie long before they even met.
    • Melissa mentions several times of her crush on Ryan Gosling.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name
    • Melissa does this with Gus and Lisa. Loren even calls her out on this. averted when it is revealed that they are actually her aunt and uncle.
    • Loren does when her dad returns in the penultimate episode
  • Calling the Old Man Out
    • Adriana does this regularly with Don, mostly because of how she believes he is more interested in his clinic or Nora than him. She is also aware that Don is trouble with a lawsuit, and says that stuff like that wouldn’t happen if he would stop dating every woman in his office.
    • Eddie is furious when Max reveals that he had hired a private investigator to dig up some of Chloe’s love. Even though it was done out of love, Max is chastised for it.
    • Loren does this to her father when he comes back near the end of the series, blaming him for her growing up feeling empty and unloved.
  • Chastity Couple: Loren and Eddie are the only couple on the show that don’t engage any sexual relationship during the course of the show.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Early on, Eddie’s late mother Katy is revealed to have been dead for two years after being run off a road by an unknown driver. Several episodes later, Tyler confirms that the Chloe was the driver, having been slightly drunk when she was driving Tyler home from the premiere of a movie he was in.
  • Clear Their Name: [[spoilerThe last arc of the series revolves around Max trying to prove that Eddie was not the one who pushed Chloe off his balcony.]]
  • Conflicting Loyalty
    • Chloe’s relationship with Tyler is like this. While she states everything she is doing with Eddie is to benefit them, she is not afraid to throw Tyler under the bus to save her own skin.
  • Coolest Club Ever: MK Club, which Max owns, is the spot of many events.
  • Concert Episode
    • Episode 1: Eddie holds the last concert of his tour in LA, which Loren and Melissa attend.
    • Episode 20 to 21: The Songwriting contest event, where Loren performs along two other finalists. She ends up winning.
    • Episode 57: The concert where Eddie showcases his new songs, and performs a duet with Loren.
    • Episode 80: Loren’s debut concert and tribute to Eddie.
  • Dark Secret:
    • Chloe is the driver that ran Max and Katy’s car off the road, resulting in the latter’s death.
    • Melissa is not Gus and Lisa’s daughter, but her niece. She is the daughter of Lisa’s drugged addict sister Beth.
  • Destroy the Evidence: When Tyler is close to gathering enough evidence to expose Chloe as the driver that caused Katy’s death, she manages to trick him into taking a drugging so she could destroy everything.
  • Disappeared Dad
    • Loren’s father left her and Nora when she was only four years old.
    • Chloe claims that her dad died years ago, though it’s later revealed he had left her and Jackie years prior.
  • Duet Bonding: Loren and Eddie first begin bonding by sending song lyrics through Twitter. They later bond following Eddie’s break up with Chloe.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Adriana and Don’s relationship: When Adriana’s mother left, Don had to raise Adriana by himself, and because he was always so busy at work, he never made time for her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Lia and Jeremy, two homeless teens who rescued Eddie, end up getting their dreams come true when Eddie sends them to Jake.
    • Having gone the whole season on the wrong side of the law, Phil is finally out of his life of crime, and proposes to Adriana
    • Tyler, who has spent the whole season being treated like the scum of the Earth, is finally offered a part in a movie by Osborne Silver, and it looks like he will be on the path to repairing his life.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone is quick to see that Loren and Eddie like each other, despite their insistence that they are keeping things professional.
  • Evil Is Petty
  • Face Your Fears: This is Loren’s arc for the first twenty episodes of the season.
  • Fiery Cover Up: Don’s clinic is burned down in an attempt to collect the insurance money and kill Ellie.
  • Foreign Remake: The show is a loose adaption of the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella (To Reach a Star)
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Eddie and Loren’s first in person conversation takes place in “Loren Gets Framed.” She was planning to hand deliver him her song, and came across him when he stepped out of the club for air. They trade a few words, but he leaves before she can give him her song. It is unknown if Eddie remembers this encounter.
  • Garage Band: Zombie Jukebox, which consists of Adam’s friends Ben and Din. In lieu of seemingly losing the songwriting contest, Loren is encouraged to try singing with these two, but her stage fright prevents her from performing.
  • Gas Leak Cover Up: When Don is backed into a corner when Ellie continues to unfairly extort him, he hires a thug to cause an explosion in the clinic as a means to collect the insurance money and kill Ellie in the process. It backfires when Ellie turns the tables, by knocking Don out and leaving him to die in the clinic explosion.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Detective Conlee offers this to Phil if he helps the police bring down Colorado.
  • Girl Posse: Adriana has several female friends who stick up with her when she insults Loren and Melissa at school.
  • Hate at First Sight: Chloe hates Loren even before meeting due to how much Eddie connected with her over her Twitter. Loren tries to be befriend Chloe, but no avail.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Loren and Melissa’s relationship. Melissa describes Loren as her oldest friend.
  • Hey, Let's Put on a Show: Songwriting Contest Eddie organizes in the hope of discovering new talent, hopefully ones that will have the soulful themes he wants in his new songs.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Daphne to Max, Cameron to Loren, Lia to Eddie, Tyler to Chloe
  • Horrible Hollywood: At times, it is clear that Hollywood is not all that is cracked up to be. When Loren, Melissa, and Adam get lost on their way to the contest, they have several run.
  • Insurance Fraud: Don’s final thing to escape Ellie is to trick her into coming to the clinic, and have her killed in a planned explosion that would destroy the clinic. And He would collect the insurance and move to Miami with Adriana to start over.
  • I Will Find You: Max vows to find Eddie at all costs after he disappears.
  • Just Friends: Cameron, though hurt after Loren rejected him, still affirmed that they were friends.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Jackie and Lisa
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Both Eddie and Tyler have gotten into a physical altercations over other things.
  • Local Hangout: MK Club, Rumor and the cafe Loren works at.
  • Nephewism: Between her parents, Melissa has a close bond with Gus, who is revealed to be her uncle by marriage, since her biological mother is Lisa’s sister.
  • Love at First Note: Eddie feels an immediate connection to Loren after reading the song lyrics he sent to her. Their relationship only grows from there.
  • Office Romance: Nora and Don, though it ends later in the season due to Don taking a Level in Jerkass.
  • Operation: Jealousy
    • Adriana attempts to flirt with Cameron, one of Loren’s friends, just to get under her skin.
    • Chloe dates a douchebag actor Dylan Boyd to get Eddie jealous, but it backfires spectacularly.
  • Paparazzi: As per a celebrity lifestyle in Hollywood, there are many episodes focusing on the paparazzi.
    • Eddie Questions His Feelings
    • The Paparazzi Photo:
    • Eddie Inspires Loren
  • Parental Abandonment: A Bunch of people.
    • Loren’s father, who walked out on her and Nora when she was only four years old.
    • Adriana’s mom walked out on her and her dad when she was young.
    • This also seems to be the case with Chloe, whose father is said to have left her and Jackie when she was young.
    • It is revealed that Lisa is Melissa’s niece. Lisa's lost sister Beth is Melissa's mother. Shortly after Melissa was born, Beth left, as she was involved in a lot of drugs.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Both Loren and Adriana are not too keen about their parents dating each other.
  • Plenty of Blondes: There are a lot of blondes, Chloe, Adriana, Lia, Jeremy, Cameron, Jackie
  • Pregnancy Scare: Phil and Adriana
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Loren wants to pursue a career in music, but doesn’t think she has enough talent to do so, much to frustration of Nora and Melissa.
  • Relationship Sabotage
    • Chloe tries everything to break Loren and Eddie up, through many different methods.
  • The Resenter: Adriana secretly resents Loren because she has her mom and her career while she just had her Workaholic dad and a mother who abandoned her.
    • Chloe resents Loren for stealing the life she believed she deserves (at least in her own eyes.)
    • Tyler resents Eddie for seemingly getting him fired from a movie they worked on, and the fact Eddie gets all the fame and success just for being a rock star and having the connections he never had.
  • Romance Ensues: How Loren and Eddie relationship grows. This is also the case with Max and Nora
  • Run Away Hide Away: During the last arc of the series, Eddie is forced to remain in hiding after he is wrongfully charged with pushing Chloe over Max’s balcony.
  • Secret Relationship: Chloe and Tyler were having an affair behind Eddie’s back long before the series begins.*
  • Shipper with an Agenda
    • Chloe has Lily set up Daphne with Max, hoping it would distract the latter from her.
  • Shipper on Deck
    • Melissa is openly supportive of Loren and Eddie, even before they met the guy.
    • Eddie notes that he can see how happy Nora makes his dad feel.
  • Sleeping with the Boss
    • Nora begins to have a serious relationship with Don, but not to get ahead in her job at the clinic.
  • Slut-Shaming
    • Chloe’s last attempt to get Eddie to break up with Loren is to hack the latter’s phone and send out a text describing a sexual relationship. Predictably, no one believes it.
  • Strict Parents Make Sneaky Kids
    • The only reason that Melissa isn't upfront with Lisa about the things she likes is because Lisa acts so controlling.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: During their last conversation on the show, Loren learns that Adriana hated her because no matter what, Loren would always have her career and her mom with her. Loren is quick to comfort her when she is breaking down and crying
  • Teen Drama:
  • Their First Time: Phil and Adriana’s first time was something that was being set up from the beginning of the series, as the latter wanted it to be special. When it happens, Adrians
  • Trash Talk: Tyler enjoys talking smack to Eddie, while Adriana and Chloe talking down on Loren
  • Twitter: Loren and Eddie first connect with each other over Twitter, sending each other song lyrics back and forth. When Max has Eddie listen to Loren’s song, he almost immediately realizes it was written by the same girl who has been tweeting him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Played with. Wanting to take down Loren, Chloe contacts Adriana, believing they could do damage to her.
  • Volleying Insults: Eddie and Tyler’s routine whenever they run into each other.
  • Wham Episode
    • Episode 65: When Chloe is pushed off Max’s terrace by Dylan, kick starting the final arc
  • Wham Line: You are the model that killed her fiance’s wife.
  • Will They or Won't They?:
    • Max and Nora. They do.
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